Stadium dreams of the rich and powerful

You know what the difference is between regular people and “newsmakers” (i.e., either rich people or elected officials)? When you or I espouse some so-crazy-it-just-might-work idea — say, the government paying off its debt by minting a trillion-dollar platinum coin — we get made fun of on web discussion boards. When a newsmaker does it, even if all they do is mention it idly in the middle of a talk about something else, it, well, makes news.

And so you have Steve Cushman, a San Diego power broker who’s served as a mayoral aide and as the city’s port commissioner, telling the local PBS station, “If we don’t come up with a solution [for the Chargers stadium battle], I am very concerned they are going to leave San Diego, so I think Qualcomm should be on the table.” On the table as in renovating Qualcomm, or rebuilding anew while putting up new retail and housing on the site, or what? Cushman didn’t say, and KPBS didn’t ask, though he did say “I believe it’s possible” to do it — whatever it is — without taxpayer money.

KPBS’s web article also notes that Doug Manchester, owner of the alleged newspaper U-T San Diego and all-around crazy guy, has recently begun talking fondly of the Qualcomm site, telling a breakfast Q&A session at San Diego State University firmly if ungrammatically, “If you give me $200 million, and I’ll fix Qualcomm Stadium.” How? And does that mean $200 million in total renovation costs, or subsidies he’d need to make a deal work?

Manchester didn’t say, and he didn’t have to. Details like that are for the little people to work out, not newsmakers. And not, apparently, journalists, either.


3 comments on “Stadium dreams of the rich and powerful

  1. Definitely nice to see the city and the insane but big developer putting their sights back on what always should have been the stadium site at Qualcomm. And 200 mil seems to indicate a renovation rather than an outright new stadium. Which could work since as far as NFL stadiums go Qualcomm isn’t terrible. It needs work admittedly, but some suite renovations, new scoreboards, and maybe a seat reduction of 3000 or so would definitely go a long way toward making it comparable to most of the new venues out there.

  2. Steve Cushman and Doug Manchester are not exactly liked by our new mayor or the majority of San Diegans. Their and Spanos’ little lackey, DeMaio lost the election.

    The Qualcomm site is polluted due to the nearby leaking gas tank farm and can’t have residential development on the land without a costly clean up. Both guys proposals are moronic and the city voters are not going to approve the public funding Dean Spanos wants for the downtown proposal. Dean knows it, which is why they were talking about a county wide vote but the county isn’t interested either.

    It’s pretty clear that the Chargers are waiting on the Rams arbitration decision before they make any move. I’m convinced the Chargers want to share a stadium in LA with the Rams and have no intention of staying in San Diego (thank god). I can’t wait to run the Spanos family out of town.